Best gun for retail security

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by NGIB, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Been considering a career change lately and I'm intrigued by the high pressure world of retail security. While I own a few handguns, I'm not sure I have anything suited to this environment. I'm leaning towards a S&W .500 as my primary sidearm as there are just so many obstacles that may have to be shot through in the typical retail environment. As for a backup, I'm considering a pair of small .40s that I could wear in dual ankle holsters. Any advice is welcomed, especially if you have experience as a retail "operator"...
     
  2. General_lee

    General_lee New Member

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    Dual Desert Eagle .44 Magnums as primary, dual sub-compact .40's of your choice and Dual LCP's, one for each back pocket:cool:
     

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I am not a Retail Security Specialist, but I once played one in a really bad Little Theater Group.

    I suggest dual 500's in a MOB holster and two Glock 40's in dual thigh rigs. I'd also suggest twin ankle holsters with mouseguns like the Ruger LCR. After all, one is none, right? For sheer psy-ops value, twin Desert Eagles in shoulder rigs can't be beat.

    For reloads, a MOLLE vest covered with magazine and speedloader pouches works well. Add some Flashbang and CS grenades and you're on your way to mezzanine dominance.

    I'm not sure what your organization uses for long arms, but I think you need a plethora of rails, lights, lasers, night vision, a red dot and bayonet. Don't forget a Taser, flashlight and Flexicuffs to complete your tactical loadout.

    I've also heard that a sap and gloves with those shot filled knuckles are popular these days. Personally, I would also add a telescoping baton as well.

    Have you given any thought to which swords you will carry? Katana's seen to be popular, although in some places Broadswords are starting to appear.

    I also suggest you keep a low profile by going with simple tactical black clothing with matching Balaclava. Nothing beats basic black,it's timeless.
     
  4. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Twin deagles in shoulder rigs was my first thought as well but I do have to consider weight. Full body armor is heavy and with all the other gear necessary for survival in retail security - the deagles may prove to be to heavy to be practical. I really like the suggestion of the LCRs as pocket guns though - do they make AP rounds for them?
     
  5. Squirrel_Slayer

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    Holy moley, shop lifters beware, Dirty Hary is now a retail security guard! Hell, why don't you run a RPG over your shoulder, a Custom Shop S&W .500 Mag in a shoulder rig, and then have your .50 Beowulf AR shouldered at all times.
     
  6. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Now, now SS - retail security is a serious business and I detect some sarcasm in your post...
     
  7. orangello

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    Don't skimp on the baton; get the kind with the shot in the handle. :p
     
  8. winds-of-change

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    I know very little about guns as I am still learning but I have seen a S&W 500 in action and I was quite impressed, indeed. I mean, you just can't argue with it but it does have the limits of only holding 5 rounds so I imagine CA357 has much better knowledge than my opinion.

    But really, sling this over your shoulder and be proud of the service you are providing to us innocent shoppers. I am so proud of you for taking this selfless direction in your life. If we ever get conceal carry here in Illinois, this will be my weapon of choice.

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    You might also consider carrying one of these. Sometimes it just might not be safe to shoot off some rounds, like on a crowded Saturday afternoon and you'll be glad you have this.

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  9. Squirrel_Slayer

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    I have a rroom mate that does retail security and he is rockin a Taurus PT copy chambered in 9mm. Collapsible baton, pepper spray, and a set of S&W cuffs. That's it. I advised him that he needs to start carrying claymores, and some form of communication to call in air strikes.
     
  10. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    You sir continue to be facetious and it's obvious you do not understand how crucial this noble profession is. More than likely you tried to enter this career path at some point and you were summarily rejected as you don't have what it takes...
     
  11. Squirrel_Slayer

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    I'm sorry, maybe I am just full of piss and vinegar today, or I have an incorrect definition of "retail security". What are the requirements of the job that would require one to carry such heavy firepower?
     
  12. NGIB

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    Apology accepted. While I have yet to make the transition, I know we have some actual retail operators among us. I'm hoping they come out to share their wisdom...
     
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  14. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    That guy is awesome Davy, but that is in an outside environment. Most Retail Security actions take place in a Food Court.
     
  15. Squirrel_Slayer

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    An environment where food items and baby strollers are the only obstructions between the guard and the assailant! I am going to have to put some thought into this.
     
  16. JonM

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    Personally I would opt for super soakers loaded with bear pee. Just the raw ownage you can lay down on shoplifters can't be beat.
     
  17. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    But what about the danger of 'splash' on innocent bystanders?
     
  18. NGIB

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    While the food court is certainly a hot spot for unsavory characters - a true retail security specialist must be prepared for any environment. One of the most foreboding is an appliance store as it's rumored that late model refrigerators can stop many common handgun rounds. You can't be short sighted or narrow minded if you expect to excel in this vocation...
     
  19. Logan2302

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    I'm not understanding the security situation your talking about I guess.

    If your behind the counter, an 18" 12 guage pump in the most intimidating weapon i've found.

    If your uniformed, you choices are limited due to public exposure and the rusulting publicity. If you're plain clothed, your choices are limited to smaller pistols.

    A 500 revolver?. Really?
     
  20. Squirrel_Slayer

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    Mortars, you need mortars! Lob your payload over the fridges!